Cuppa Jo: A Daily Dose of Literature and Life

Trisha Jo. ‘88. Grad Student. Writer. Literature, Film, and Music Snob. Libertarian. Foodie. Culture Connoisseur.






"It’s lovely to live on a raft. We had the sky up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made or only just happened."






Read of the Day: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (a.k.a. Samuel Clemens) 

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  • "It’s lovely to live on a raft. We had the sky up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made or only just happened."

Read of the Day: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (a.k.a. Samuel Clemens) 

Click the photo for a .pdf download of what is arguably the greatest (and most controversial) American novel ever penned. 












"It was his notion that the moment one of the people took one of the truths to himself, called it his truth, and tried to live by it, he became a grotesque and the truth he embraced became a falsehood."











Read of the Day: Winesburg, Ohio: A Group of Tales Of Ohio Small Town Life by Sherwood Anderson 

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  • "It was his notion that the moment one of the people took one of the truths to himself, called it his truth, and tried to live by it, he became a grotesque and the truth he embraced became a falsehood."

Read of the Day: Winesburg, Ohio: A Group of Tales Of Ohio Small Town Life by Sherwood Anderson 

Click the photo for a full-text version of this “short story cycle” novel. 


“You were not there for the beginning. You will not be there for the end. Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative” 

Read of the Day: Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs 

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“You were not there for the beginning. You will not be there for the end. Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative” 

Read of the Day: Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs 

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”The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful.”






Read of the Day: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 

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”The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful.”

Read of the Day: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 

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“You are all a lost generation.” -Epigraph, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

Read of the Day: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

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“You are all a lost generation.” -Epigraph, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

Read of the Day: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

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I saw—with shut eyes, but acute mental vision—I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life and stir with an uneasy, half-vital motion. Frightful must it be, for supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavor to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world.

Read of the Day: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 

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I saw—with shut eyes, but acute mental vision—I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life and stir with an uneasy, half-vital motion. Frightful must it be, for supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavor to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world.

Read of the Day: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 

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"There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind."

Read of the Day: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

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"There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind."

Read of the Day: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

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"It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be." -J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 

Read of the Day: The Harry Potter series. 

I grew up on these texts. As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to love them more and more. You can buy the entire 7-book series for around $50.00 online. 

"It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be." -J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 

Read of the Day: The Harry Potter series. 

I grew up on these texts. As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to love them more and more. You can buy the entire 7-book series for around $50.00 online. 







"The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clearing, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander for a spell in the abyss of solitude; to lose itself in mazes of inward contemplation. The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. the touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace."






Read of the Day: The Awakening by Kate Chopin 

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"The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clearing, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander for a spell in the abyss of solitude; to lose itself in mazes of inward contemplation. The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. the touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace."

Read of the DayThe Awakening by Kate Chopin 

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“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs,or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.” 

Read of the Day: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

This brilliantly written and emotionally evocative novel is available from Amazon.com for under $1.00….A bargain, I assure you. 

“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs,or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.” 

Read of the Day: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

This brilliantly written and emotionally evocative novel is available from Amazon.com for under $1.00….A bargain, I assure you. 


"The French say that the best part of an affair is going up the stairs. Desire is almost always more thrilling than fulfillment."

Read of the Day: Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates by Tom Robbins

Available on Amazon.com from $0.01 (Be still my beating heart.) 

"The French say that the best part of an affair is going up the stairs. Desire is almost always more thrilling than fulfillment."

Read of the Day: Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates by Tom Robbins

Available on Amazon.com from $0.01 (Be still my beating heart.) 


"Revenge may be wicked, but it’s natural." —Vanity Fair

Read of the Day: Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

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"Revenge may be wicked, but it’s natural." —Vanity Fair

Read of the Day: Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

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